Zooey Deschanel may have a career based on her doe-eyed appearance and her penchant for all things girly, but don't mistake her adorable exterior for idiocy.

The New Girl star sat down with Marie Claire to set the record straight about how her ultra-feminine persona is often misconstrued. 

"I became aware that people were criticizing the way I speak, which seems weird to me," she told the magazine. 

"I speak the way I speak, and I am an intelligent person. Sometimes I lean into California-speak more for entertainment value. It's not that I can't live in a world without the word 'like.'" 

Zooey, who received flack after tweeting "I wish everyone looked like a kitten" on a dare, explained that she believes that many of her critics try to diminish her accomplishments by focusing on one thing they dislike about her, often relating to her cutesy exterior.

"My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things. So they want to be able to dismiss you," she said.

"They say, 'You don't belong, you don't deserve this because here's why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you've done doesn't matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that's feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.' And I just think that's bulls--t. And smart people are doing it, and that's surprising to me. I'll give them being smart, but they're being very shortsighted."


"I just felt it's important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can't do this because I'm worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, 'That idea's stupid,' you stop your flow of ideas. We can't have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked."

Source: Marie Claire